The abdominal injury he accused against Taylor Fritz forced Rafael Nadal to forfeit. The Manacor legend had to give way to Nick Kyrgios, who will play his first Grand Slam final on Wimbledon grass. The former world number 1 tried to train on Thursday, but realized it was better not to risk aggravating the problem.
He also vanishes from his dream of achieving the ‘Calendar Grand Slam’, after Rafa has won the first two Majors of 2022. Regardless of this setback, the 36-year-old Majorcan is having a fantastic season. The Iberian left everyone speechless by winning the Australian Open and Roland Garros, two triumphs that allowed him to stretch over Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic in the all-time Grand Slam standings.
Nadal is expected to return to training within a week and – barring relapses – will play Canada’s Masters 1000 next month. To Eurosport microphones, Alex Corretja commented on the choice of his compatriot to raise the white flag.
Corretja on Rafa Nadal
There are several analysts who have given their opinion about the decision made by Rafael Nadal. The man from Manacor said goodbye to Wimbledon 2022 yesterday due to the abdominal injury, placing Nick Kyrgios in the final on Sunday.
Álex Corretja has also provided his point of view, agreeing very much with Rafa in statements to Eurosport. “Rafa was very touched, it is clear that he is not in a position to compete. If he thought that in those conditions he could win, surely he would try, but the problem is that more damage can be done and be out of competition for three or four months.
He is very aware that he can’t even play with this pain. It seems to me that it’s normal, even if it’s hard or difficult. It’s best not to take any more risks, because it could only get worse. Although it feels bad to us, I think it’s a Pretty wise decision.”
Taylor Fritz gave a reply to the comment after the announcement of Nadal withdrawing from the semi-finals of the Wimbledon 2022. It stated, “Nadal out. Should have let you go forward”. To this, the American player replied, “Nah not looking for handouts, if I couldn’t beat him then I don’t deserve to be in semis… simple as that”.
Rafael Nadal and Taylor Fritz faced each other in the finals of the Indian Wells Masters. The American player defeated Nadal and won the title. Now, at the grass-court major, both the players faced each other again in the quarter-finals of Wimbledon. Taylor Fritz pushed Nadal to this limit in a five-set match however, could not take the Spaniard down.